June 7th, 2014.
Living Memories of Death
Last week had been pretty uneventful, let’s see what new adventure we have this week.
Thoughts and Notes:
1) My Memories for a Horse!:
1) Their problem is lack of magic fuel, but they have remnants of Chaika’s father, often used for magic fuel. Toru and Akari don’t seem like the types to let some emotions get in the way of that – The dead are dead, after all.
2) “The Value of Memories”, when magic fuel is essentially memories, as I noted last week.
3) Can use memories to fuel magic, which means all wizards can do so in a pinch. Give up the past, for the sake of the future. But if you give up your own motivations, will you be glad when you finally obtain them?
2) Justice and Hunger:
1) No work for ex-soldiers, explaining Toru’s words and position as well, when the series opened.
2) “Justice won’t fill our stomachs!” – Yeah, people cry out for justice in revolutions, but often they’re talking about justice in distributions, and it’s an economic plight that is often the true catalyst, or knowing you might not live.
3) “His sense of justice makes me anxious. He’s too straightforward.” – And this series reminds me even more of Pumpkin Scissors. Gillette and his group definitely aren’t “villains”. Also, it seemed Guy was watching Gillette and Vivi.
4) Hm, demi-humans created to die in the place of humans, so if they die it’s fine – that’s what they weremade for. But they’re still people with thoughts and feelings. Makes you wonder about how nobles treat commoners, who are being born and bred to fight and work for them, eh?
5) Even the show knows it’s usually much more silly than this! But yeah, underneath all the silly reaction faces, these are some serious concepts. Gillette will still do whatever it is for what he thinks is “just”, now the question is what is just.
3) Living to Kill is no Life:
1) Yup, a village of saboteurs, where the kids are raised to be saboteurs and prove their worth on the battlefield. No life, aside from battle. They are the demi-humans, not given the freedom to be complete humans.
2) I suspect to Hasumin that Toru thinks she’ll be pleased with his martial nature might have been more sad than his arduous training itself.
3) Revenge can’t bring back the dead. It was more to ward off future aggression.
4) Yes, the rebellious duke, and of course, he has access to a relic, which might have made him go mad. Gillette and Chaika will meet again.
Post Episode Thoughts:
This episode on a plot-level dealt with a very small thing, obtaining fuel, and rather than run into any sort of real challenge, it had been pretty comfortable and easy-going.
But we’ve dealt with some heavy topics. Life after war when you’re left useless for the ex-soldier. A demi-human for whom the end of the war had given a chance at life, rather than as a meat-shield for humans, which is how the nobles might have considered the soldiers as well.
And then we have Toru, who is akin to the demi-human, for he was born and bred for combat, and then found himself unneeded after the war ended. But as Gillette had given Leo a new purpose in life, so is Toru given one by Chaika.
Memories, all that we have. Except for the future, which we must all live in.